Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Jamie Foxx and Chris Brown were all double winners at Tuesday’s Black Entertainment Television’s Awards in Los Angeles.
At the Damon Wayans-hosted event, which opened with Beyonc performing her new song, “D ja Vu,” alongside beau Jay-Z, Blige was named top female R&B artist.
In a tie, she, West and Foxx shared the prize for video of the year. Blige won for “Be Without You,” which features Terrence Howard, who was named best actor. West and Foxx took the video honor for “Gold Digger,” which was also chosen as best collaboration. The megahit also won a Grammy this year.
“Love to all black people,” a jubilant Foxx told the Shrine Auditorium crowd. Backstage, the Ray Oscar winner talked about kissing American Idol’s Fantasia during their duet performance of “DJ Play a Love Song.”
“It was nice,” he told reporters. “She has the nicest lips. We kind of halfway planned it but the kiss got a little interesting. It was fun, dramatic and I hope to do it again. I think I felt a little tongue.”
When West won, he told the audience, “Y’all are stepping up black music. This is the best music right here, and we’ve got to keep on giving it to them like that.”
Brown received the viewer’s choice award, for his “Excuse Me Miss,” as well as the best new artist prize.
Chaka Khan, recognized for lifetime achievement, accepted the honor as Stevie Wonder, Prince, India.Arie and Yolanda Adams joined her on stage for a five-song celebration.
Missy Elliott, who recently signed on to make a big-screen version of her life story, won for best female hip-hop artist. Backstage, she said of the project, “I won’t be playing myself in the movie, but I’ll be behind the scenes in some capacity.”
T.I. won the male hip-hop artist trophy and dedicated it to everyone “who been told they can’t do it.”
Prince, who closed the show with his song “3121,” won for male R&B artist. “This was unexpected,” he said. “I appreciate it, nonetheless.”
Among the other notable events of the evening: Lil’ Kim’s brother and mother made an announcement in the press room that the rap artist, currently serving time for lying to a grand jury about a shootout at a New York radio station, has qualified for early release and will leave the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia this 4th of July. She was originally scheduled to be set free Aug. 2.